Now we make a smooth move to the gridiron for action from the NFL, and Kansas City looking to punch their ticket to the upcoming playoffs. But to do so Alex Smith and the Chiefs needed a victory over defending Super Bowl champs Denver. And the stakes were even higher for the Broncos, as a loss to their rivals would eliminate them from postseason contention.
KC would grab a big lead in the first quarter, as Smith scores the first touchdown of the evening. Tyreek Hill then breaks off a long scoring run, before Travis Kelce hauls in an 80-yard strike from Smith. Justin Forsett gets Denver on the board, but Kansas City adds two field goals in the fourth Q and then decide to have some fun. Defensive lineman Dontari Poe throws a TD pass to Demetrius Harris to complete a 33-10 rout, putting the Chiefs into the playoffs, and extinguishing the Broncos hopes.
Baltimore would try to reach the playoffs at the expense of Pittsburgh. Four Justin Tucker field goals and Joe Flacco's touchdown pass to Steve Smith put the Ravens up 20-10 at the end of the third quarter. But LeVeon Bell scores twice in the fourth Q to give the Steelers a 24-20 lead. B-More reclaims the advantage behind Kyle Juszczyk, but Ben Roethlisberger finds Antonio Brown for the winning TD with nine seconds left. The Steel Curtain prevail 31-27, sealing their spot in the postseason, and eliminating their rivals.
Now we check the standings in the AFC. The six playoff berths are all sewn up after Sunday's results. New England, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Houston, Kansas City, and Miami will all be playing in January. The losses by Baltimore and Denver means they miss out.
In the NFC, four of the six bids are decided. Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, and the Giants have sealed their positions. Detroit and Green Bay have the inside track on the other two slots, but Washington and Tampa Bay still have an outside chance, depending on what happens next weekend.